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PHOTOS: Troops avert suicide bomb attack by three girls in Borno

Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole deployed around Gamboru Ngala on Tuesday successfully averted what would have been a major devastating suicide attack carried out by three female Boko Haram terrorists.

Two of the suicide bombers, strapped with suicide vests had attempted infiltrating Gamboru town at about 6.45 am when they were sighted by a joint patrol team of vigilant troops and Civilian JTF at Unguwar Yobe area shortly before entering the town.

A statement by Deputy Director Public Relations, Col Onyema Nwachukwu said the suicide bombers were halted by the patrol team from a safe distance and were ordered to unstrap their suicide vests, to which they vehemently declined.

The statement explained that “all efforts and entreaties by the patrol team to make the suicide bombers remove their IED vests failed as the duo adamantly approached the troops armed with their IED vests. They were immediately neutralised by the troops, while the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team (EOD) safely unstrapped and detonated the suicide vests.

“A third female suicide bomber was detected and intercepted within the same general area and subsequently confessed to the joint patrol that she and the other two terrorists had been dispatched at about 3.30 am on Tuesday to unleash mayhem on Gamboru town. She also revealed the location she had hid her suicide vest and led the troops to recover it. The recovered vests and the surviving suicide bomber have been taken into custody for further interrogations”.

The army called on the general public to be more alert and vigilant, while going about their daily activities in their various communities to detect suspicious persons and inform the security agencies accordingly.

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